Week #12: Nov. 5th – 9th

New KG Student
We have a new classmate, Leia, who joined KGB this week.

Leia's Photo

Please join us in welcoming her to Kindergarten.

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Literacy
Last week we began exploring stories by author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds. So far we have done read-alouds of The Dot and Ish, and will be looking at Sky Colour next.

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All of these titles lend themselves to nurturing the creative spirit and celebrating the creative process. These tie in well with our current unit of inquiry about expressing yourself: different ways of communicating feelings and ideas.

Here is a read-aloud of the story, Ish.

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Math
We are continuing to make numerical connections and learn how to represent numbers using tally marks. Below is a video showing how to form numbers 1 to 10.

For the past few weeks, students have been practicing how to represent a number by tracing the tally marks one day, then trying that same number on their own the next day. Below are some examples of students’ work.

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Unit of Inquiry
This unit’s central idea: Self-expression allows us to communicate our feelings and ideas.
Students are beginning to make connections to the meaning of ‘expression’. One tuning-in activity that the students participated in involved this painting that was donated from the middle school (see below).

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Students used watercolours to reproduce the painting themselves, then reflected on how they felt about the painting and/or the experience. See below for some examples of the students’ work.

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Resolving Conflict with Kelso’s Choices
Part of learning how to solve problems using Kelso’s Choices is recognizing what those choices are and how they are used.

Below is another video below showing a examples of how we can use Kelso’s Choices to solve small problems. Please review it with your son/daughter.

Q1: Which strategies were used to solve small problems in the examples in the video (you can refer to Kelso’s Wheel below to help you remember)?

Q2: How do we know whether a problem is a BIG problem or a small problem?

Kelso's Wheel1 (LGS)

  • Go to another game
  • Talk it out
  • Share and take turns
  • Ignore it
  • Walk away
  • Tell them to stop
  • Apologize
  • Make a deal
  • Wait and cool off

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Library Books

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Please return library book folders on Friday morning.
Thank you.

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Important Dates

Fri. 30th November: House Spirit Day
Erawan Hanuman Tosakan Naga
Please wear house shirts on this day.

Wed. 5th December: SCHOOL CLOSED
In remembrance of HM King Bhumibol‘s birthday

Mon. 10th December: PD Day (Professional Development)
SCHOOL CLOSED for students

Fri. 14th December: G3 – G5 Holiday Concert (End of Term 1)
(Half day for students: Dismissal time to be announced)

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Hello Parents.
CoffeeThank you for taking the time to attend our second Coffee Meeting this morning. We were once again happy to have such a great turnout. We would like to thank Ms. Alex, our PYP counselor, for joining us in our presentation as well as sharing her insight and ideas on how parents can support children’s learning at home to reinforce the communication, social, and self-management skills they are learning about at school.

Please click on the following link to view Ms. Alex’s PYP Counselor Information page.
https://klearning.ict.kis.ac.th/kblog/counselor/

For those of you who weren’t able to attend, there is a PDF copy of our slideshow below. The videos that were part of the slideshow are not accessible from the PDF. We are currently converting them to a format that can be posted here on our KG Class Blog.

You will receive an email when this process is complete so you may view them at your leisure.

 

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Thank you again, parents, for your continued support in your child’s learning. It is very much appreciated.

 

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Unit of Inquiry: Expression (Artifacts)

Unit of Inquiry: Expression (Artifacts)

Artifacts are a way of beginning conversations about our inquiry with the students. It allows students to showcase their understanding of what we might be learning and connect to something from their own experiences.

Our unit is about expressing our ideas and emotions. When we express ourselves we communicate feelings or views through speech, writing, some form of art, or behavior. Our artifact should highlight how our children prefer to communicate these ideas and feelings. It might be a message they are trying to communicate or it might be a feeling.

If you are unsure about what they should bring, please ask. Here are two artifacts that have been brought into KG this week, communicating both emotions and feelings. Don’t forget the artifact can be expressing information or an idea also.

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KG Team

 

 

 

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KG Taking Action!!

It was great to see today three students taking action by bringing into class used plastic bottles after reading the KG blog. We can now reuse them for plant pots in our garden center. A big thanks to Jett, Elle and Hina.

Taking action is a major element of the IB program so it’s exciting to see.

KG Team

Reuse KG

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Taking Action – Recycled Water Bottles

Dear KG Families,

In our KG garden we hope to embark on a Sunflower seed planting project. Used water bottles would provide great planting pots for this project so if you have any at home or could keep any you use from now on please do. If you have some already and when you get more please send them into KG straight away! Thanks in advance…..

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Week #11: Oct. 29th – Nov. 2nd

November 5th

Unit of Inquiry #2: How We Express Ourselves
This week marks the start of our new unit: How We Express Ourselves.
As part of our tuning in to this unit, we ask once again that each student bring in an artifact that represents a form of self-expression that they have used before or maybe would like to try. An artifact can come in any form. For example it could be a real thing, a picture, a photo, a drawing, etc. If you child expresses themselves by playing some kind of instrument they could bring in the actual instrument or it could be of photo of them playing it.

Please have your child bring in his/her artifact as soon as possible.

Our provocation area awaits…
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Resolving Conflict with Kelso’s Choices
The video below shows a couple of examples of how we can use Kelso’s Choices to solve small problems. Please review it with your son/daughter.

Q1: Which strategies were used to solve small problems in the examples in the video (you can refer to Kelso’s Wheel below to help you remember)?

Q2: How do we know when a problem is a BIG problem?

Kelso's Wheel1 (LGS)

  • Go to another game
  • Talk it out
  • Share and take turns
  • Ignore it
  • Walk away
  • Tell them to stop
  • Apologize
  • Make a deal
  • Wait and cool off

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Library Books

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Students are bringing their library folders home today.
Please return all folders on Friday morning.
Thank you.

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Important Dates

KISPA Halloween Event: Fri. 2nd November

KG Coffee Meeting #2: Mon. 5th November (8:10am – 9:10am)

SCHOOL CLOSED: Wed. 5th December
In remembrance of HM King Bhumibol‘s birthday

PD Day (Professional Development): Mon. 10th December
SCHOOL CLOSED for students

G3 – G5 Holiday Concert: Fri. 14th December (End of Term 1)

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Halloween 2018

Halloween1819Hello families.
We will be celebrating Halloween on Friday 2nd November at KIS. Students are welcome to wear a costume to school on that day. Please keep any toy weapons (guns, swords, etc.) at home.

Please see the attached poster for more information. Halloween1819

Feel free to send a change of clothing for your child in case he/she has a costume that may become hot or uncomfortable for them to wear all day.

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Week #10: Oct. 15th – 19th

Save the date:

CoffeeKG Coffee Meeting #2
When: Monday 5th November, 2018
8:10am – 9:10am
Where: KG Classroom

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Parent-Teacher Conferences
We would like to thank all the parents who were able to attend our conferences last week. We appreciate you taking the time to meet with us, and hope that the conferences were helpful and informative. Thank you for your continued support.

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Literacy
Students have been using their fine motor skills to create and illustrate their own shopping lists.

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They are also making connections to upper- and lowercase letters and using stamps to recreate words.

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Math
Number Sense
Students are beginning to explore the use of tally marks to represent numbers.

This week we will be looking at the numbers 14 and 15 and showing how we can represent these numbers using tally marks and other drawings.

2D Shapes
Last week we introduced a new game to our play centers: Monster Bingo.

In this game students continue to practice the skills of sharing and taking turns while learning to identify drawings by 2 attributes: shape and colour.

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ICT
Last week Mr. Eric visited the KG classroom and introduced us to OSMO Monster.

In this activity, our drawings come to life in an animated adventure as Mo the Monster takes them and ‘pulls’ the images onto the screen.

This program allows us to develop our fine motor skills while using our creativity and imagination.

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Unit of Inquiry
Social Skills: Resolving Conflict with Kelso’s Choices

Kelso the frog teaches students how to solve “small” problems on their own. “Small” problems include conflicts that cause “small” feelings of annoyance, embarrassment, boredom, etc. “BIG problems” always need to be taken to an adult. These are situations that are scary or dangerous.

Kelso has nine choices to solve “small problems.” These are illustrated in the Kelso’s Choice Wheel. They include

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  • Go to another game
  • Talk it out
  • Share and take turns
  • Ignore it
  • Walk away
  • Tell them to stop
  • Apologize
  • Make a deal
  • Wait and cool off

How can you use Kelso’s Choices at home?
When a child comes to you to solve their “small problem,” tell them to try one to two of Kelso’s Choices first. If that doesn’t work, then an adult can intervene. Make sure your kids know to ask an adult for help in the event of a “BIG problem.”

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Library Books

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Students are bringing their library folders home today.
Please return all folders on Friday morning.
Thank you.

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Important Dates

October Break (SCHOOL CLOSED): Mon. 22nd – Fri. 26th October

KISPA Halloween Event: Fri. 2nd November

KG Coffee Meeting #2: Mon. 5th November (8:10am – 9:10am)

SCHOOL CLOSED: Wed. 5th December
In remembrance of HM King Bhumibol‘s birthday

PD (Professional Development) Day: Mon. 10th December
SCHOOL CLOSED for students

G3 – G5 Holiday Concert: Fri. 14th December (End of Term 1)

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Week #9: Oct. 8th – 12th

New KG Student
We have a new classmate, Tinn, who joined KGC this week.

20181009_122616 - Version 3Please join us in welcoming him to Kindergarten.

Unit of Inquiry
Last week, the KG students went on a field trip to Art in Paradise as part of a tuning in activity to our upcoming Unit of Inquiry: How We Express Ourselves. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Art in Paradise is a 3D interactive art museum (sometimes referred to as a ‘trick-eye’ museum). The artists of Art in Paradise did an amazing job at maximizing the space and rendering the 3D illusion scenes using floor and walls, allowing visitors to literally step into a frame.
Below are some of the photos that we took during the trip.

Following the trip, students had the opportunity to be reflective and share their thoughts about what they saw, how they felt, and what they learned.

Thanks again to Hina’s mom, Rintaro’s mom, and A-na’s mom
for accompanying us on the trip.

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House Spirit Sports Day
Last Friday was another eventful day as we had our first spirit sports day for the school year. Thank you to all the parents who came to cheer on our kids as they participated in a variety of events in their house teams.
Erawan Hanuman Tosakan Naga

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Literacy
This week, students are continuing to practice the social skills of sharing and taking turns, while making connections to high-frequency words, constructing their names, and matching words with pictures. They are also practicing their fine motor skills while continuing to improve on their lowercase letter formation.

Math
Students are continuing to construct, transfer, and apply mental math strategies to make connections to our daily attendance. APL

Now that our class total has changed to 48, students are adjusting their thinking to work out how many people are present in class by using their knowledge of how many are absent and how many arrived late.

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PYP Book Fair
The Book Fair is now in full swing in the PYP Atrium and will be on until Wednesday, October 10th.

Every 500 baht purchased will receive a lucky draw coupon to win the prizes at the PS Library.

We also have the Book Exchange table (please see photo below) which will be opened from 7:15 – 7:45 am, during the breaks, and after school.

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Library Books

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KG students’ library folders are due on Fridays.
Please return all folders every Friday morning.
Thank you for your support.

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Important Dates
Parent Teacher conference make-up days: Thur. 11th – Fri. 12th October

SCHOOL CLOSED: Mon. 15th October
In remembrance of HM King Bhumibol

October Break (SCHOOL CLOSED): Mon. 22nd – Fri. 26th October

First day back after October Break: Mon. 29th October

KISPA Halloween Event: Fri. 2nd November

SCHOOL CLOSED: Wed. 5th December
In remembrance of HM King Bhumibol‘s birthday

PD (Professional Development) Day: Mon. 10th December
SCHOOL CLOSED for students

PYP Holiday Concert: Fri. 14th December (End of Term 1)

 

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A few friendly reminders…

House Spirit Sports Day Tomorrow!

Erawan Hanuman Tosakan Naga
Please send your child to school wearing his/her house shirt and PE shorts.

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PYP Book Fair Next Week
(Mon. 8th – Wed. 10th October)

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2_PS BookFair Poster (October2018)

2_PS BookFair Poster (October2018)

 

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Week #8: Oct. 1st – 5th

Literacy
Students have begun practicing components of lowercase letters in their writing books. They have started with ‘short stick’, ‘hungry mouth’, ‘tunnel’, and ‘tall stick’.

Once they become familiar with these different components, they will be able to combine them to form different letters. For example, lowercase ‘a’ can be formed with ‘hungry mouth + short stick’. Lowercase ‘d’ is a combination of ‘hungry mouth + tall stick’. Lowercase ‘n’ is a combination of ‘short stick + tunnel’.

Students have been continuing to make connections to initial letter sounds and use their creativity and fine motor skills to illustrate their ideas.

Math
Students have continued making connections to the daily calendar and the number of days they have been in Kindergarten. They are recording this information in their Daily Data booklets.

Some students have begun making predictions for upcoming days as well as figuring out dates for days they may have been absent from school.

At the Numicon center, students have added another component to their exploration. These new components allow the students to build vertically upon their previous creati0ns. They are exploring spatial sense along with numeracy.

Unit of Inquiry
Students are continuing to explore our centers in a balanced manner, sharing and taking turns, and making connections to our Essential Agreement.

Library Folders
Students brought home their folders today. Please return them on Friday.

Important Dates

KG Field Trip: Wednesday (Oct. 3rd)
Thank you to our parent volunteers.

Dress for the field trip:
KGA students: PE uniforms
KGB students: Regular uniforms (not PE)
KGC students: Regular uniforms (not PE)


House Sport Spirit Day: Friday (Oct. 5th)

Erawan Hanuman Tosakan Naga

Please wear house shirts and PE shorts on Friday.
KG’s activities will take place from 8:20am – 9:40am.

Parent Teacher Conferences: (Oct. 8th-12th)
Sign-up sheets are now posted outside the KG classroom.

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Please sign up if you haven’t yet done so.

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